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Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium – Call for Papers

The symposium will take place in Göttingen from 18-20 March 2018: it is a collaboration between the University of Göttingen and CODATA and is intended as a precursor event to the RDA plenary meeting in Berlin on 21-23 March 2018.

The critical role of university RDM infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge

All over the world universities and libraries have started the task of developing research data services. Ideally such initiatives aim to result in a complete service portfolio covering the entire research lifecycle: support in writing proposals and data management plans, repository infrastructures for the storage of data, support in publishing data, assignment of persistent identifiers, lecturing in data management, etc. This broad scope means that such services are often seen as requiring a joint effort from from university, library, IT centre, faculties and other stakeholders.

Nowhere in the world has such a complete support scenario been perfected. It is timely for actors in the various dimensions of such initiatives internationally to share their practical experiences, research and insights.

Register to Attend the Symposium

Register to attend the symposium at using the EventBrite page here.

Please note that this is a free event.

Creating an account on the conference management system to submit an abstract is not the same as registering to attend the event.

Structure of the Symposium

Sunday 18 March, icebreaker event and keynote in the evening 17.00-19.00

Monday 19 March, full day of symposium, 09.00-18.00

Tuesday 20 March, half day of symposium, 09.00-14.00

The symposium will feature invited speakers as well as presentations selected from those submitted in response to the call for abstracts, which is now closed.  The symposium themes are listed below and are detailed on the conference site.  Accepted and commended abstracts will be invited to submit full papers for a Special Collection of the CODATA Data Science Journal on this topic.

The organisers hope to inform selected authors and provide further details of the programme in early February.

Symposium Themes

The symposium will address the following themes, listed below and detailed here.

  1. Solutions (long presentations)
  2. Strategy (long presentations)
  3. Structure, organisational (long presentations)
  4. Success (short presentations)
  5. Skills and Support (short presentations)
  6. Stitch ’n’ Bitch / Steam, letting off… / Sticking Points / Success and its Shadow (short presentations)
  7. Sustainability (short presentations)
  8. Shared and Outsourced Services (short presentations)
  9. Service Points (short presentations)
  10. Service Level, Trust and FAIR (short presentations)
  11. Champions and Engagement (short presentations)

The Venue

Göttingen is a beautiful typical old German university town with about 120,000 inhabitants. The city dates back to the Middle Ages and still boasts a historical quarter with excellently preserved half-timbered houses. While the architecture breathes history, the spirit of Göttingen is young and vibrant thanks to its 31,000 students, more than twelve per cent with an international background.

Founded in 1737, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is a research university of international renown with strong focuses on research-led teaching. The university is distinguished by the diversity of its subject spectrum, particularly in the humanities, its excellent facilities for the pursuit of scientific research, and the outstanding quality of the areas that define its profile.
The founding of the Göttingen University Library in 1734 was a landmark: For the first time in library history the concept of a modern research library was put into practice and the institution became the first comprehensive academic library of European standing. Today the Göttingen State and University Library of Lower Saxony (Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, SUB) continues to hold a pole position.

The town of Göttingen is situated in the heart of Germany and located half way between Frankfurt airport and Berlin. When coming to Germany for the RDA Plenary Meeting make a stop here and join the Pre-RDA Symposium.

The historical building of the Niedersächsische Staats- & Universitätsbibliothek (SUB) is a former Dominican abbey which is one of the core buildings of Göttingen University today. The complex accommodates the library’s special collections of rare and valuable holdings.


Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek

Historisches Gebäude

Papendiek 14

37073 Göttingen, Germany


The local organisers have prepared a list of hotels, listed in ascending order of their distance to the location. Please book your room as early as possible.

Hotel Stadt Hannover Göttingen, Goethe-Allee 21, 37073 Göttingen (

Hotel Central Göttingen; Jüdenstraße 12, 37073 Göttingen (

B&B Hotel Göttingen, Maschmühlenweg 19-2, 37073 Göttingen (

IntercityHotel Göttingen, Bahnhofsallee 1a, 37081 Göttingen (

Leine Hotel Göttingen, Groner Landstraße 55, 37081 Göttingen (

Hotel Astoria Göttingen, Hannoversche Straße 51-53, 37075 Göttingen (

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